The Hunslet Engine Company was a locomotive manufacture based in Leeds. Originally founded in 1864, the works has built steam, diesel and electric locomotives of varying sizes and gauges, and is currently part of the LH Group of companies.
In 1906 they designed and manufactured order number 206 for the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway in Gwynedd, Wales. This 2-6-2T locomotive was built to 2’ gauge, and named Russell.
Russell at Tywyn Wharf Station. Image copyright of Peter Broster and included here under the CC BY.2 Licence
The North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway ran from Dinas Junction, through to Rhyd Ddu at the base of Mount Snowdon. During the early 1900's, there were plans to extend the NWNGR through Beddgelert to Porthmadog. The original constructor of this line (the Porthmadoc, Beddgelert and South Snowdon Railway) faced many delays, and to appease the NWNGR bought and supplied a new locomotive, Russell, from the Hunslet Engine C to suppliment the fleet (this led to the scrapping of Beddgelert). The new extension was eventually completed in 1922 and the whole line became known as the Welsh Highland Railway.
Russell is a 2-6-2T, built with suprising speed and incorporating many features common to Leeds No.1 and the Sierra Leone Government Railway locomotives. In 1924 the locomotive was heavily modified in order for it to be able to operate on the Ffestiniog Railway. Russell continued to operate on the Welsh Highland Railway up until its closure in 1937. The locomotive was eventually sold to industry, working on the Fayles Tramway in Dorset until 1953.
In 1954, Russell was purchased by the Birmingham Locomotive Trust for preservation, and at first put on display at Tywyn Wharf on the Talyllyn Railway. In 1965, it was donated to the Welsh HIghland Railway preservation group for restoration, first steaming again in 1987. Russell returned to steam after a major overhaul in 2015.
The models are powered by a smooth a powerful Graham Farish 08 chassis, with custom etch motion parts. The model will negotiate 9" radius curves, but operates best on 12" or more. The cab roof is removable to allow easy access to the interior.
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In a first for Fourdees Limited, we intend to produce Russell as a kit, with all components required to convert a Graham Farish chassis into the finished model. The chassis will not be provided, but can be purchased from most good model shops, such as Rails of Sheffield.
The kit will be in the region of £132.50, with the first batch prepared to order. If you are interested in this kit, please let us know via the messager below:
We will only contact you to let you know when the first batch of kits is available to purchase.